In 2025, Braga will be the Portuguese Capital of Culture. We are preparing a year-long celebration of national artistic creation, in connection with Europe and with the artists and cultural agents from Braga
The Portuguese Capital of Culture is an initiative stemming from the bid process for the title of European Capital of Culture 2027 (ECOC 2027). In Braga, we initiated our efforts in 2018, outlining a cultural strategy for the 2020-2030 decade, which is currently in the implementation phase.
Subsequently, in 2020, we progressed to the application process for ECOC 2027. Two intense years of work followed, during which we envisioned Braga in 2027 in collaboration with artists, cultural institutions, organizations, businesses, and anonymous citizens. Braga, alongside Aveiro, Évora, and Ponta Delgada, made it to the list of finalist cities for this initiative. The international panel of experts evaluating the process selected the city of Évora as the European Capital of Culture 2027.
The high quality of work carried out by all finalist cities led the Ministry of Culture to create a similar national initiative, the Portuguese Capital of Culture. The first three cities to be awarded this title are thus the non-winning finalists: Aveiro in 2024, Braga in 2025, and Ponta Delgada in 2026.
Braga 25 is a year-long cultural initiative set to take place at various locations throughout the municipality of Braga in 2025. During this year, we aspire to showcase the best of what Portugal has to offer in different artistic domains within our city. But we want more.
We aim to maintain the network of European and international partners that we established during the bid for the European Capital of Culture through invitations to artists, exchanges between associations, or artistic residencies. But we want more.
We wish for the residents of Braga to actively participate, starting now, in this programming through ongoing projects that commence immediately and culminate in 2025. But we want more.
We aspire for the cultural fabric of Braga to flourish through its engagement in Braga 25 projects and capacity-building initiatives that enhance its activity. But we want more.
We want to count on you. Will you join us?
Currently performing the role of Executive Director at Teatro Circo de Braga, she joined this municipal company in 2018 to take on the executive coordination of Braga Cultura 2030 – Braga Cultural Strategy 2020–2030, and subsequently, the coordination of the artistic program for Braga’27 – candidacy for European Capital of Culture. She has been a manager and senior project manager at Opium, a company specialized in consulting in the cultural sector. She holds a degree in Art and Heritage from the School of Arts at the Catholic University of Porto, where she also earned a Master’s degree in Cultural Heritage Management.
Claudia Cibrão joined the municipal company Teatro Circo in 2018, where she provided support to the executive coordination of the Braga Cultura 2030 strategy. Subsequently, she took on the role of producer for Braga’27 – European Capital of Culture bid. Simultaneously, she works as a freelance artist and illustrator. Claudia has additional work experience in Cultural Programming, Communication, and Cultural Production at gnration, as well as in Curatorship, Commerce, and Marketing at Zet Gallery. She holds a degree in Fine Arts, specializing in Painting, from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Porto, and a Master’s degree in Creative Industries Management from the Portuguese Catholic University.firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2018, Natacha Correia joined the municipal company Teatro Circo, where she assumed various roles. She contributed to communication efforts for Braga Cultura 2030 – Braga Cultural Strategy 2020-2030 and Braga Media Arts – UNESCO Creative City for Media Arts. During Braga’s bid for the European Capital of Culture 2027, she took on responsibilities related to external relations and production.
Concurrently, Natacha works as a freelance artist and illustrator. With a background in journalism, she served as the deputy director of information at the radio station RUM – Rádio Universitária do Minho. Natacha has also collaborated with the Público newspaper and the Liberal newspaper in Cabo Verde. She holds a degree in Social Communication from the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu.
As communication manager at the municipal company Teatro Circo, Mariana Volz was responsible for the digital strategy of Braga’27, the city’s bid for the European Capital of Culture 2027. She previously held the position of communication manager for Braga Media Arts – UNESCO Creative City for Media Arts. In her professional journey, Mariana won the Entrepreneurship Passport from IAPMEI with a transmedia storytelling project for the music market. Her experience includes roles in the communication department of Viagens Abreu, at Vitamina Digital Agency, and SA365 Agency. Mariana holds degrees in Communication Sciences from the University of Minho and in Tourism from the Portuguese Catholic University.email@example.com
Carolina Lapa is responsible for coordinating the communication of Braga 25, having held the same position during Braga’s bid for the European Capital of Culture 2027. She also coordinated the communication for Braga Media Arts, UNESCO Creative City for Media Arts, from 2019 to 2021. Prior to this, she was involved in the communication of the artistic project Comédias do Minho. She holds a degree in Social Communication from the University of Minho and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Communication, Art, and Culture at the same firstname.lastname@example.org
Ana Ferreira was born in Braga and graduated in Social Communication from the University of Minho. She holds a postgraduate degree in Strategic and Business Communication from the European University in Lisbon, and a master’s degree in Protocol and Event Organization from the International School of Protocol in Madrid, Spain.
From 2003 to 2017, she served as an assistant for Public and Institutional Relations to the President of the Supreme Court of Justice. She returned to the city of Braga in 2017, joining the municipal company INVESTBRAGA – Agency for the Economic Dynamization of Braga, taking over the direction of the Economic Dynamization and Investment Attraction area in 2018.
Since October 2019, she has been the Head of Staff to the Mayor of Braga City Council.
Graduated in Organizational Sociology from the University of Minho, with extensive training in project management, strategic planning, cultural management, and a course in Public Management in Local Administration from FEFAL.
With 23 years of experience as a senior cultural officer in the Municipality of Braga, she has been the Head of the Culture Division since 2015.
Sílvia Faria coordinates the cultural activities and work teams of the municipality’s cultural facilities. She was the driving force behind the creation of SEI – Integrated Educational Services of the Municipality of Braga. In 2022, the Educational Service underwent, at her initiative, an increase in the permanent team and consolidated a new perspective of action as ATLAS – Cultural Mediation Program of the Municipality of Braga.
She assumes the Artistic and Executive direction of cultural events of small, medium, and large scale, as well as regular programs, all aligned with the cultural strategy Braga 20202030. She coordinated Braga Capital of Culture of the Atlantic Axis 2020 in 2019 and 2020, and took on the coordination of the ATLAS Operation of the Municipality of Braga – CULTURE FOR ALL, NOTICE No. NORTE-30-2019-34 of Norte 2020, within the framework of Priority PI 9i of the Pact for Development and Territorial Cohesion (PDCT) of the Intermunicipal Community of Cávado.